Mia benigna fortuna (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-22)   CPDL #52215:   
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes:
  • CPDL #32429:       
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2014-07-12).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 78 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch and note-values. Without Crudel, acerba, inesorabil morte, which is available here.
  • CPDL #23256:       
Editor: Vincent Carpentier (submitted 2011-03-12).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: With Crudel, acerba, inesorabil Morte. Transposed up one note from original. Note-values halved.

General Information

Title: Mia benigna fortuna
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Primo libro di madrigali a 5 voci, no. 10

Description: Mia benigna fortuna is the first stanza of the Sestina No. 332 in Petrarca's Canzoniere. Crudel, acerba, inesorabil Morte is the second stanza of the same poem. In the first edition of Lasso's First Book of Madrigals, published by Gardano in 1555, and in its reprint of 1570, however, they are separate madrigals, and Crudel, acerba, inesorabil Morte does not immediately follow Mia benigna fortuna.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Mia benigna fortuna e 'l viver lieto vv. 1-2